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Health Science Courses

Curriculum and Program Requirements

University of Bridgeport offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with four concentrations: Community Health Education, Exercise and Fitness, Nutrition and Pre-Professional.

General Education Requirements (35 credits)

Course Credits
ENGL 101 Academic Writing 3
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 3
PHIL 110 Healthcare Ethics 3
PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology 3
MATH Math Core 3
BIOL 113 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
HUM Humanities Core 3
SOSC Social Science Core 3
FA Fine Arts Core 3
MATH 203/203B Statistics/Biostatistics 4
CAPS 390 Capstone Seminar 3


Students who earn a BS Degree in Health Sciences - Community Health Education will be prepared to enter a career path that strives to improve the health of individuals and communities.

Students will gain knowledge and experience in ways to protect and promote the health of the public through health promotion, health education, and disease prevention programs and activities. The aim of improving health outcomes of individuals and communities is to reduce disease, promote healthy behaviors, encourage the use of available healthcare services, and reduce healthcare costs.

Graduates of the community health education concentration are eligible to earn a Community Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

Community Health Education Concentration (67 credits)

Course Credits
BIOL 106 Microbiology 4
BIOL 114 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CHEM 113 Introduction to Chemistry 4
CHEM 114 Introduction to Biochemistry 4
HSCI 327 Grant Proposal Writing 3
HSCI 240 Theory of Community Health Education 3
HSCI 255 Community Health Planning and Evaluation 3
HSCI 280 Community Health Promotion 3
HSCI 330 Health Care Administration 3
HSCI 326 Health Policy and Management 3
HSCI 386 Health Sciences Research Methods 3
HSCI 455 Health Sciences Senior Project 3
HSCI 385 Community Health Internship 3
HSCI Electives 12
Electives 12


Students will be prepared to understand principles involved in exercise science and general fitness. Among the many available careers, graduates might manage a wellness center or work with the elderly in rehabilitation. Program graduates will understand the basics of kinesiology, body mechanics, exercise physiology, nutrition, and overall fitness.

Exercise and Fitness Concentration (68 credits)

Course Credits
BIOL 100 Biology Study Skills 3
BIOL 102 Cellular Molecular Biology 4
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II 4
PHYS 201 General Physics 4
PSYC 355 Sports Psychology 3
HSCI 301 Introduction to Exercise Science 3
HSCI 321 Exercise Physiology 4
HSCI 331 Kinesiology 3
HSCI 341 Strength and Conditioning 3
HSCI 351 Fitness & Wellness Program Development 3
HSCI 471 Exercise Nutrition 3
PSYC 355 Sports Psychology 3
HSCI 401 Health Sciences Information Literature 3
HSCI 361 Fitness Assessment 3
HSCI 381 Internship 3
HSCI Electives 9
SCI Electives 6


Students will be prepared to understand and communicate evidence-based principles of nutrition science. They will understand metabolism and the role of nutrition in health, be able to identify and guide others towards healthy dietary and related life-style choices, and be adept in promoting overall wellness on both a personal and communal level.

Nutrition Concentration (67 credits)

Course Credits
ACCT 101 Principles of Accounting 3
BIOL 100 Biology Study Skills 3
BIOL 102 Cellular Molecular Biology 4
BIOL 106 Microbiology 3
BIOL 114 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
CHEM 113 Introduction to Chemistry 4
CHEM 114 Introduction to Biochemistry 4
PSYC 321 Research Methods 3
HUM Core Humanities Elect 3
HSCI 320 Food Sanitation 3
HSCI 345 Comparative Diet Strategies 3
HSCI 350 Community Nutrition 3
HSCI 351 Fitness & Wellness Program Development 3
HSCI 370 Clinical Herbology and Botany 3
HSCI 380 Nutrition Internship 3
HSCI 420 Food Service Management 3
HSCI 460 Vitamins and Minerals 3
HSCI Electives 6
SCI Electives 6


Pre-Professional advisement sequence will allow students to select 30 semester credit hours from among Health Sciences courses in order to prepare for admission to a Health Sciences graduate program. Students in the pre-professional track will complete the program core and general education courses common to all Health Sciences students.

The UConn School of Pharmacy will accept the following courses as prerequisites:

Pre-Professional Core (57 credits)

Course Credits
ENGL 102 Intro to Literature 3
BIOL 100 Biology Study Skills 3
BIOL 102 Cell-Molecular Biology 4
BIOL 106 Microbiology 4
BIOL 114 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
MATH 109 Pre-Calculus 3
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II 4
BIOL 307 Genetics 3
CHEM 205 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 206 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 360 Biochemistry 4
PHYS 201 General Physics 3
HSCI Electives 10

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